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Braintree district: Butchers call for school meal change
1:00pm Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
Butchers have called for schools to buy meat locally following the national horse meat scandal.
Essex County Council has given the majority of local butchers who supply to schools the all clear after being asked to carry out sampling for the Food Standards Authority.
It has stopped supplies from a small number of butchers who buy in processed meat from a third party, and also from two national suppliers.
Steve Collins, of Cressing Rare Breed Meat, supplies to Notley High School and is contacting other schools as their meat is local and butchered on site.
He described how buying cheap meat is a false economy and said: “What some schools are currently buying could be changed for better quality.
“When they cook it they lose up to 20 per cent of the weight, but by spending maybe five per cent more on produce you get 20 per cent more meat."
See The Times for the full story.
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